Below are some of our favorite easy-to-make holiday cocktail recipes for your winter holiday gatherings with family or friends.
Festive Christmas Margarita
Who doesn’t love a good margarita? We especially love this festive Christmas-themed one from Call Me PMC.
- 3 oz cranberry juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz triple sec or orange liqueur
- 2 oz tequila
- Lime slice, orange slice, cranberries, and rosemary for garnish
- Rim the cocktail glass with salt or sugar.
- Add all ingredients to a shaker; shake well.
- Strain into a glass with ice.
- Garnish and enjoy!
Nothing screams holiday season more than peppermint; that’s why we’d be remiss not to include this delicious peppermint-flavored cocktail from A Couple Cooks on our list.
- 1 oz 30- or 60-proof peppermint schnapps (or white crème de menthe)
- ½ oz vodka
- 1½ oz crème de cacao
- 1½ oz heavy cream (canned coconut milk for dairy-free option)
- Peppermint candies and grenadine for rim
- Crush the peppermint candy and place them evenly on a plate. On a separate plate, make a small pool with grenadine. Wet the rim of the martini glass with grenadine, rotating it to coat, then roll over the crushed candy until evenly coated.
- Add peppermint schnapps, vodka, crème de cacao, heavy cream, and ice to your shaker; shake well.
- Strain the drink into your prepared martini glass.
This amaretto sour recipe from Baking Beauty will put your right into the holiday spirit.
- 3 oz amaretto
- 2 oz sweet and sour mix
- Cherries and orange slices for garnish
- Fill a large glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine amaretto and sour mix.
- Strain into glass and top off with Sprite.
- Garnish with orange slices and cherries.
To make your seasonal mimosa, swap the orange juice with cranberry juice and add a little orange liqueur. We love this recipe from Everyday Delicious.
- ½ oz orange liqueur
- 3 oz cranberry juice
- Champagne to top
- Sugared cranberries and rosemary sprigs to garnish
- Add orange liqueur and cranberry juice to a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne.
- Garnish with sugared cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
Mulled wine is certainly the way to go if you want a nice, warm cocktail and love a good dry red wine with aromatics. Check out this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
- ¼ cup brandy (or orange liqueur)
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 2-4 Tbsp sugar (or honey or maple syrup to taste)
- Citrus slices (orange, lemon, or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, and star anise to garnish
- Add wine, brandy, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and 2 Tbsp sweetener to a large saucepan. Stir to combine.
- Cook on medium-high heat until it starts to simmer (don’t let boil!). Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for a minimum of 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- Strain the wine with a fine mesh strainer. Discard orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Add extra sweetener if needed.
- Serve the mulled wine warm, topped with your favorite garnishes.